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Lungi murder accused booed during maiden court appearance

By Hawa Amara

The murder accused in the ill-fated romantic getaway in Lungi appeared in the Freetown Magistrates Court No.2 last Thursday amidst boos by relatives and friends of the slain boyfriend who came face-to-face with the former for the first time.

Law enforcement and prison officers had to shield the accused, Fatmata Tucker Moijueh, as she was escorted into and out of the court, apparently for fear that she could be harm by a section of the crowd who appeared agitated and craving for revenge.

She was arraigned on one count of murder, contrary to the law of Sierra Leone.

The prosecution, comprising state counsels A.M. Bockarie, A.V. Koroma and J.M.S. Bull, allege that the accused murdered her boyfriend, Saidu Bangura, a telecoms engineer who was en route to Somalia, and who had ask her to accompany him to the airport, and have a blissful time before he was due to depart on 6 April 2014. The couple had booked into the Suffian Guest House, near the Freetown International Airport, Lungi, on the fateful night.

Lead prosecution counsel A.G.M. Bockarie applied for an adjourned date to allow the prosecution to further peruse the file and to assemble witnesses.

Magistrate Komba Kamanda adjourned the matter to 25 April, 2014, and urged the prosecution to avail witnesses in order to expedite the preliminary investigation.

The accused is represented by I.P. Mammy.

Meanwhile, a prosecution source has intimated that the prosecution may apply for a 136 application to enable them leapfrog the matter to the High Court, in a bid to avoid delay in the trial and for the security and safety of the accused.

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